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DPs; German prisoners; VE Day in Paris; German civilians

Film | Accession Number: 2000.620.1 | RG Number: RG-60.2194 | Film ID: 2259

VE Day in Wiesbaden, Germany (April 19, 1945). MCUs, long line of Russian displaced persons, marching and carrying Stalin's picture and red flags (with inscription in Russian). Speeches in courtyard (slates indicated date of February 24, 1945), women marching. Bomb damage, town streets, ruins, civilians & military, US military jeeps passing by. Fast aerial shot of road crowded with German prisoners and surrendering Germans, trucks. Railroad damage.

01:06:37 VE Day in Paris. Waving US, British and French flags. MCUs, huge crowd greeting de Gaulle, marching. Aerial shots, strafing in forest. Change of guard at Eternal Light at Tomb of Unknown (repeated later). Crowd on streets of Paris, low-flying airplane, raising flags, women with huge wreath of flowers. 01:10:40 Good shots of the crowd, excited about VE Day, marching for victory. Limo entering Hotel du Ministre de la Guerre. People at Avenue des Champs Elysee. CU, eternal flame.

Aerial view of large fire, smoke. German civilians frantically removing belongings, animals, and farm equipment from burning house. Putting out fire. CU sign, "Nothing in hell can stop the Timberwolf Division". American officers and Russian officers. Men salute, pinning decoration on Russian officer.

Event:  February-May 1945
Paris, France
Wiesbaden, Germany
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives & Records Administration
Record last modified: 2021-06-03 12:47:19
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